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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 3, 2012 10:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur at Shoreline 9/30/2012 Review

Without chiming in on the applicability of the word "epic" to post-Garcia music, I think that Furthur's fancy setlists do more to pique people's interest in their shows than the actual performance of those sets. Jerry is irreplaceable. It's like the Miles Davis Quintet without Miles. Sure, Phil is great and all -- and I still think that he plays very well. But for me it's a little painful to hear his songs sung and played by those other guys. It's not about raw talent or ability -- it's about the voice and Jerry's gift for melody and improvisation.

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Poster: Daddy D Date: Oct 4, 2012 7:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur at Shoreline 9/30/2012 Review

"Jerry is irreplaceable."

Besides this I doubt there's much else in the world we all can agree on, but I doubt anyone on this forum would argue with that sentiment.

I don't know why it is, but it doesn't bother me to listen to DSO or any other band for that matter play Dead (specifically Jerry) songs, I guess because I just take it for what it is--a band playing a cover song.

But for some inexplicable reason, when I listen to Further / The Other Ones / The Dead / whatever name their calling themselves these days, and I hear Bobby or Phil sing a Jerry song, I just can't enjoy it. Nothing against Bobby or Phil, they're entitled to do whatever they want, but personally I just don't enjoy hearing them sing Jerry songs. I 'd much rather hear them sing anything else.

But I do agree, Phil bass sounds great! I truly love Phil, I just wish he's sing his songs but otherwise stick to what he does best, playing lead bass and dropping bombs but leave the singing to others.